This center is dedicated to providing comprehensive initial and follow-up evaluation services, appropriate medical, psychological, and educational referrals and recommendations for children, adolescents, and adults who are at-risk for dyslexia or learning disabilities.
The Diagnostic Center provides both initial and follow up evaluation services beginning at age five and continuing into adulthood. Comprehensive initial evaluation services are available to individuals who exhibit differences in learning. In addition, the evaluation can include a screening for characteristics of auditory processing, language disorders and attention difficulties. If the profile identifies a learning disability, we recommend interventions, accommodations for the classroom or work place, and strategies. When the profile reflects only strengths and weaknesses, we recommend strategies to address the areas of concern.
The extent of an evaluation is determined by the particular needs of the client, but it typically includes a battery of tests that assess a combination of the following:
- Cognitive abilities
- Word decoding skills
- Phonological awareness
- Reading comprehension
- Reading rate & fluency
- Written expression
- Math Calculations
- Math Reasoning
A typical battery requires six to eight hours of testing which is divided into two testing sessions. For younger clients or those with attentional difficulties, the testing can be divided into more sessions.
Evaluation results along with a summary of developmental and academic history is provided in a comprehensive written report and reviewed in a conference with parent and/or client. Recommendations and referrals are provided as warranted, including assistance in securing appropriate accommodations and remediation.
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